Charles makes dra­matic re­turn to quiz hope­fuls

Macclesfield Express - - LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015 - MALTE RO­HW­ERKAHLMANN

AMACCLESFIELD in­dus­tri­al­ist, who was born 300 years ago, is ris­ing from the dead to cross-ex­am­ine po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates in the run-up to the gen­eral elec­tion.

The his­tor­i­cal fig­ure Charles Roe - played by the lo­cal thes­pian David Wilkin­son - will mod­er­ate the hus­tings as part of Trea­cle Mar­ket on Sun­day, April 26, from 12.30pm to 2pm.

Par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates will face his ques­tions and min­gle with the au­di­ence for a chat be­fore and af­ter the de­bate in St Michael’s church­yard.

Charles Roe is known for bring­ing the silk in­dus­try to Macclesfield and was its mayor for two years. As his 300th birth­day falls on the May 7 - the same day that will see Bri­tons across the coun­try head­ing to the polls in the gen­eral and lo­cal elec­tions - or­gan­is­ers de­cided he would bring an un­usual twist to the usual hus­tings.

Jude D’Souza, who has co-or­gan­ised the event with the team be­hind the Trea­cle Mar­ket, said: “Given the co­in­ci­dence of Roe’s tri­cen­ten­nial fall­ing on elec­tion day, it seemed too good an op­por­tu­nity to re­sist.”

They want to get peo­ple ex­cited about pol­i­tics and teach them about lo­cal his­tory. They be­lieve that many of to­day’s press­ing is­sues, such as the lo­cal econ­omy and ac­cess to health­care, are very much the same as in the 18th cen­tury.

Jude, who runs En­tropy Events, said: “Not only do we make pol­i­tics a bit more in­ter­est­ing, but peo­ple get a chance to learn a lit­tle lo­cal his­tory through the man that in­dus­tri­alised Macclesfield.”

Read­ers are en­cour­aged to send in any ques­tions to jude@en­tropy­events. com un­til 6pm on Satur­day, a se­lec­tion of which will be posed to each of the can­di­dates.

Vis­i­tors can also write ques­tions on cards and hand them to a vol­un­teer on the day.

Among the con­firmed can­di­dates are Macclesfield’s cur­rent MP David Rut­ley for the Con­ser­va­tives, Tim Roca for Labour, Neil Chris­tian for the Lib­eral Democrats, Joan Plimmer for the Green Party and Adrian Howard for UKIP.

Jane Munro, co-founder of Trea­cle Mar­ket, says she hopes the hus­tings will at­tract mem­bers of the public who have be­come more and more dis­en­gaged with pol­i­tics.

She said: “We hope that re­an­i­mat­ing the past may help an­i­mate the po­lit­i­cal present.

“By giv­ing this event a unique spin, we want to of­fer suc­cour to the po­lit­i­cally weary and rein­ject some life into the de­bate.”

●● Thes­pian David Wilkin­son plays Charles Roe for the Macclesfield Trea­cle Mar­ket Hus­tings

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